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Resources to help you

This page is for those who are currently meeting with someone as part of the discernment process.  It contains information and resources to help you, as you work with your DDO to discern God’s call on your life and perhaps prepare for a Bishops' Advisory Panel (BAP).

A new national discernment process for ordained ministry is being introduced but this has been delayed until autumn 2021 and these pages will be further amended when more details are available

Fellowship of Vocation

An opportunity to meet with other people going through the discernment process. Find out more. The group normally meets about four times a year, usually at the Diocesan Office in Leeds, but currently via Zoom.

Introduction to Anglicanism

We run a short course about the basics of Anglicanism one evening a week during Lent. It's important for all potential ordinands that they have a good understanding the Church of England, it's history, it's identity and it's worship. We always have excellent speakers and this is a very useful opportunity for anyone exploring a call to ordination. 

Details will be sent to everyone in the discernment process, and the event will be advertised on our social media.


The diocese holds a large collection of books which may be borrowed.
Explore the list of books available.
Email vocations [at] to borrow. These are usually available at the Fellowship of Vocation meetings, and can be returned at later meetings.

Book Reviews

We occasionally post book reviews on our Facebook page. or on the Digital Learning Platform.

Useful Links & Information

( You will need Adobe PDF Reader to view these on a PC )

A Summary of the Selection Criteria for Ordination (PDF)

Criteria for selection for Ordained Ministry in the Church of England  - full detailed version (PDF)

Going to a Bishops' Advisory Panel  (PDF)

Criteria for selection for ordained Pioneer Ministry   (PDF)

The Church of England national webpage about selection for ordination is here.

Booklets and articles you will need to read during the discernment process.

These are compulsory reading for all candidates and your DDO will check that you have read them before you go to a BAP..

Issues in Human Sexuality (PDF)

Promoting A Safer Church (PDF)

The Five Guiding Principles (PDF)

The Five Marks of Mission (PDF)


It would be especially helpful to read the Ordinal, which is the Order of Service for the ordination of deacons and priests. 

You will find other pages to help you via these links:

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